The people we meet along our journey help us paint the picture of how we see the world. They help us explore our tolerance, practice our empathy, and remind us of our self-love.
Although the people we meet help us paint a picture of the world, our consistency is the lens we see this picture through; the person we are to the people who are good to us versus to the people who hurt us. Our kindness to people who are kind to us versus to the people who are not kind to us. Our respect toward the people who are respectful versus the people who are disrespectful.
It’s very easy to treat others how they treat us, but if we are consistent in aiming to be kind, the ultimate test is to be kind to those who are not kind to us. If we are consistent in aiming to be respectful, the ultimate test is to be respectful to those who do not respect us.
As the quote says, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” when we treat others how they treat us, we do not reflect ourselves, we reflect them. When we mirror another’s negative action, we are only giving that action power over the possibility of showing the person how another should be treated. Often times, it takes a kind gesture to an unkind heart, to plant the seed of positive change.